""'That is how it is,' said the lion. 'Some stories are true, and some aren't...'"
Bookworm's interest at 17 months: He loves to locate the baby in the book and wave his arms frantically practicing his sign language for it. But he also enjoys the whole story. He also likes to make an "H" sound for "hot" when he sees the dragon breathing fire.
"Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see?/ I see a green frog looking at me."
Bookworm's interest at 12 months: When he was only a few months old and his eye sight still developing, this was the first book that the bookworm seemed to focus on (the black and white page with the dog) He enjoyed it more as he got older.
Parent's Peeve: The drawing of the teacher is not very attractive.
Bookworm's interest at 13 months: He especially likes to point to the "Pirate Mommy" and say "mamama" and to find the rubber duck on every page.
"The baggage compartment on the bus has come open. Someone's things are flying out! Duck, Pa! Duck, Ma! Oh dear, Ma didn't duck soon enough."
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: He loves all of Scarry's books, and this one is no exception. He likes to have the text read to him, or to be quizzed on finding particular objects. The illustrations are so full of detail that he is constantly learning new vocabulary from perusing the book with me.
"'Whee!' said D to E, F, G, 'I'll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.' Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room? Here comes H up the coconut tree..."
Bookworm's interest at 15 months: He especially likes the phrase "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and calls "buh! buh!" when he picks out the book. He generally loses interest in the large version right where the board book would end. I'm debating whether that means we should get the full or board book version, but I think we'll go with the full one because we can always close the book now, and he'll grow into the whole thing eventually.
"Ten mighty dump trucks rolling down the road"
Bookworm's interest at 16 months: He enjoyed this one quite a bit from the first read (and the second, and the third...). A repeat read is the ultimate compliment, right? He likes to point to the trucks while I count them, or to make me point to them, or to point to the people driving the trucks. The cement mixers seem to be his favorite, maybe because we occasionally see them drive by outside.
Bookworm's interest at 13 months: At first there were a handful of items he enjoyed finding, but in the span of a month or two, he became familiar with almost all of them and loves pointing at them when we call them out. Since he developed his "siren noise," the fire engines are probably his favorite.
"Clip! Clop! Clip! Clop! The horses are on the move. Add the horse stickers to the pasture scene."
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: He has really been enjoying this. We sat outside in the shade on a glider and used it for 1/2 hour straight this evening (stopping only because Daddy came home), and then he brought it to me a few more times later before bed. At first, he was interested in the cats, horses, and cows - just placing them on there appropriate pages. Then he started the counting activities, with a lot of help (he can count to 3). Tonight, he enjoyed the rainbow color pages.
"Goodnight light and the red balloon/ Goodnight bears/Goodnight chairs."
Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He likes locating many of the items, including the red balloon, kittens, and mittens. Eventually, he realized that the balloon inexplicably disappears in a couple of the illustrations, and this bugs him.
Bookworm's interest at 15 months: Not only did the bookworm happily read this in his stroller at the library (where he is always too overstimulated to sit through a book), but when we got home, he reached under the stroller to pull it out and start in on it again. A blue bus makes a repeat appearance on the first few pages, so that drew him in, but he also find many other favorite images, like balloons, cars, birds, and farm animals. There is so much going on on every page that I can tell his interest will be constant as he learns to recognize more of the objects.
Parent's Peeve: People are smoking here and there (not very noticeable, given the amazing detail in the illustrations). I mention it because we hate smoking, but we still bought our own copy and recommend it to everyone.
"I spy a baseball, a marble that's blue, a bucket of sand, and a block with a 2."
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: He has a blast with it! He always loves being "quizzed," so I knew this book would be a big hit. I'm thinking we'll have to hunt down other I Spy books for him. I know he'll love them. I've put this I Spy Christmas bookon his Christmas list.
"Flamingos are not / GRAY / Flamingos are PINK / Elephants are GRAY"
Bookworm's interest at 15 months: When I saw the book, I thought he'd be too young for it, but not so; he loved it right away. We generally do two or three reads in a row. I'm not sure he REALLY gets the concept at this point. He enjoys shaking his head whenever I say the word "not," and he has recently taken to signing for "apple" when he sees the image. There is a dog at the end of the book that he also loves to spot, sometimes skipping the whole middle of the book to get to the end to see the dog again, and sign for "sleep" as the dog lays down. I love this kind of book, that he gets some enjoyment out of now, but that he'll clearly grow into more as he is older too.
Rhymes include: The Farmer in the Dell; Old King Cole; Sing a Song of Six Pence; Little Miss Muffet; Gingerbread Man; Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Little Bo Peep; Jack and Jill; Star Light, Star Bright; Mary Mary Quite Contrary; Hey Diddle Diddle; Rain Rain Go Away; and Yankee Doodle.
Bookworm's interest at 12 months: He especially likes the last line of Farmer in the Dell...you can see him gearing up for it before it comes: "Hi-Ho, the derry-o/The farmer in the dellllllll." Always makes him smile.
Parent's Peeve: Animals as people. Old King Cole is a frog for instance. When he points to him I have to explain, "That's Old King Cole. And a Frog. Old King Cole is a frog, but only in this book." Or worse, ambiguous animal characters: "That's Jack and Jill. They are bears. Or porcupines. Or moles." It is still a great book, though!
"A sheep says Baa./Three singing pigs say LA LA LA!/'No, No!' you say, that isn't right./The pigs say OINK all day and night."
Bookworm's interest at 12 months: All.
"Big brown bear, blue bull, beautiful baboon blowing bubbles biking backward..."
Bookworm's interest at 14 months: He prefers the less cluttered pages at the beginning of the book, but that will probably change as he ages.
Parent's Peeve: I just wish they made one of these for every letter. It would be a fun series. For all I know, they did, but I can't find it now.